Joel Fuhrman, MD

Joel Fuhrman, M.D.



Joel Fuhrman, MD, is a former writer for Verywell Health covering nutrition and healthy aging. For over 25 years, Dr. Fuhrman has specialized in helping patients prevent and reverse disease using nutritional and natural methods. As Verywell's Healthy Aging and Longevity expert, he provides practical nutrition-based strategies for achieving optimal health and adding quality years to your life.

Through his medical practice, as well as his New York Times best-selling books and PBS specials, Dr. Fuhrman has helped thousands of people lose weight permanently and reverse chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases and chronic pain syndromes, including migraines, using a nutrient-dense, plant-rich eating style that he calls the Nutritarian diet. Dr. Fuhrman is the President of the Nutritional Research Foundation, and is a frequent guest on The Dr. Oz Show, for which he serves on the medical advisory board.

An internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing, Dr. Fuhrman is also a health and fitness enthusiast, whose athletic background gives him a keen insight into the importance of diet and physical exercise. Before graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Fuhrman was a world-class figure skater who placed third in the 1976 World Professional Pairs Skating Championship.

Dr. Fuhrman devotes his life to nutritional research, staying up-to-date on the thousands of articles published in scientific journals, and working with nutritional researchers around the world. His expertise includes 25 years of experience caring for more than 10,000 patients with serious medical conditions and in most cases facilitating their recovery via nutritional methods. His books have no preconceived philosophy, agenda or bias; they are an uncompromising assessment that offers the gold standard of nutritional excellence to foster the greatest potential for disease prevention, reversal and extending human lifespan.

Joel Fuhrman, MD is on a mission to change the way America eats and has chosen PBS to help him get his message out. Often called “America’s Health Coach,” Dr. Fuhrman’s programs Dr. Fuhrman’s END DIETING FOREVER!, 3 Steps to Incredible Health and Immunity Solution have aired over 31,000 times on PBS stations and helped raise over $25 million. This amazing response from viewers makes Dr. Fuhrman programs some of the most successful fundraisers in PBS history.

His latest program Eat to Live with Dr. Fuhrman premiered across the nation on PBS stations in June 2016.

Joel Fuhrman, MD ​is a council member of the True Health Initiative. Founded by Verywell Senior Medical Advisor David L. Katz, MD, the True Health Initiative is an esteemed group of leading experts and influencers dedicated to spreading reliable messages about chronic disease prevention, health promotion, and sustainability.


Dr. Fuhrman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is a former world-class figure skater who placed second in the United States National Pairs Championships in 1973 and third in the 1976 World Professional Pairs Skating Championship in Jaca, Spain.

A Word From Joel Fuhrman, MD

Your health is in your hands – every bite that you put in your mouth has a direct effect on how your body functions and your future health. The fantastic news is that you can enjoy healthful, delicious food and achieve a favorable weight and extend your lifespan by many years. Recent advancements in nutritional science can grant us the opportunity to live a life free of heart disease, strokes and even cancer, living longer than at any point in human history. It will take effort but the rewards you will get from a healthy life will be priceless.

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